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January 25, 2014

The Best

Now THIS needs a choral cover. Doing this ASAP.

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January 24, 2014

Classical Music is Dead? Whatever.

Just read yet another article in Slate about the “death of classical music”. These proclamations make me laugh because from where I am standing, “classical music” is THRIVING. So many people (young people especially) hungry and passionate for music and art that has deep meaning, singing in choirs, playing in bands and orchestras, attending… continued

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December 02, 2013

Hurt

Yesterday I posted that I was beginning work on an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” and many people responded by saying they prefer the Johnny Cash cover over Trent’s original. I love both versions. I find the Johnny Cash cover especially heartbreaking because he was so close to the end of his life… continued

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November 15, 2013

Bravo, Everyone!

Disney Virtual Honor Choir Participants, We asked for a lot this time: excellent singing, good sound, super-clean video. Every video I heard was at an astonishingly high level, worthy of inclusion. You all delivered beyond my wildest dreams. I am so, so proud of all of you. In the end, Disney was able to use… continued

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November 13, 2013

John Tavener 1944-2013

The great John Tavener has died today. A tremendous loss for the musical world. His music was filled with innocence and mystery, a rare and wonderful thing in our modern, cynical times. My own writing was deeply influenced by the spacious, deeply authentic sound worlds that he created; I will forever be in his… continued

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November 01, 2013

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October 17, 2013

Funny LA Story

Years ago when Hila and I lived in Los Angeles we would play a ‘famous’ game. The idea was that if you saw someone who looked remotely like a celebrity you would point them out to the other person and say, “Hey, look, it’s Jay Leno,” even though it wasn’t Jay Leno and barely looked… continued

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September 27, 2013

Disney World of Color Honor Choir Singers – Upload Soon!

US folks auditioning for the Disney World of Color Honor Choir: We’re well underway with our World of Color Honor Choir (“Glow”) and it looks like it’s going to be extraordinary. Many of the videos submitted thus far are terrific, with lovely voices, well recorded. Bravo to everyone who has recorded already. For those of… continued

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September 27, 2013

Poets of the World, I Need You

Poets, I need you: I am thrilled to announce that I will be conducting the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in a special concert in the beautiful Großer Saal in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on Thursday 31 October 2013. The programme includes Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Johannespassion) with the Eric Whitacre Singers. Moreover, the audience is invited to join… continued

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September 22, 2013

You Are Already Happy, You Just Don’t Know It

It’s funny: having been active on social media for the past 5 or 6 years I am really starting to see seasonal emotional patterns. For instance, the first few weeks of Spring always bring a flurry of positive, optimistic comments regardless of what I post. (I can see the comments trending positive in April/May for… continued

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September 20, 2013

Disney’s World of Color Honor Choir!

American singers 18 and over: Disney has commissioned me to write a new piece for them called “Glow” which will be used as part of their World of Color show this holiday season. Best of all, they want the choir to be made up of auditioned singers in our  ‘virtual style’ so that the… continued

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Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release... view full bio